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NYS Money Follows the Person Demonstration (MFP)

What is the NYS Money Follows the Person (MFP) Demonstration?

In January 2007, the federal Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved New York's application to participate in the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Program (MFP). The MFP Demonstration, authorized under the Deficit Reduction Act and extended through the Accountable Care Act, involves transitioning eligible individuals from long-term institutions like nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities into qualified community-based settings. The initiative assists people who want to leave institutional care and receive services in their community of choice. The MFP Rebalancing Demonstration Grant helps states rebalance their Medicaid long-term care systems.

Who is eligible for MFP?

To be eligible for MFP participation the individual must meet the following criteria:

  • Have resided in a qualified institution (hospital, nursing home, or ICF/IID) for not less than 90 consecutive days (minus Medicare covered rehabilitative days) immediately prior to transitioning to the community;
  • Be Medicaid eligible at least one day prior to discharge/transition;
  • Meet the eligibility/enrollment criteria associated with a constituent program;
  • Have health needs that can be met through services available in the community;
  • Voluntarily consent and participate;
  • Transition into a qualified residence.

What is a qualified residence?

A qualified residence, as defined by the Deficit Reduction Act is:

  • A home owned or leased by an individual or family member; or
  • An apartment with an individual lease, with lockable access and egress, which includes living, sleeping, bathing, and cooking areas over which the individual or the individual's family has domain and control; or
  • A community-based residence in which no more than 4 unrelated individuals reside.

How long are participants eligible for services?

The MFP Program will pay for transition services to the community for the first 365 days of program participation. After 365 days of MFP services, Medicaid and other HCBS help support eligible individuals remain in the community. Following MFP participation, individuals will continue to receive services as long as they meet all the eligibility requirements of the constituent program in which she/he is enrolled.

Who should I contact?

MFP Policy Documents:

MFP Stakeholder Information:

MFP Stakeholder Presentations

MFP Stakeholder Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes

Demonstration Projects:

Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities (TRAID) Program

Access to Court Appointed Guardians

Federal Government Links:

State of New York Links:

Additional Resources: